Alan Ayckbourn: Miscellaneous Writing

Given the longevity of Alan Ayckbourn's professional writing career, it would be surprising if he had not produced a substantial quantity of material which does not easily fit into the established categories of his writing (i.e. full, length plays, revues, one act plays, Grey plays, screenplays etc).

The majority of this miscellaneous material has never been published or performed, but is now publicly held in the Ayckbourn Archive at the University Of York. As a result of this, whilst the pieces below are generally not considered part of the official Ayckbourn canon and are not significant Ayckbourn works, it is necessary to acknowledge their existence and providence - if only to assert there are no lost Ayckbourn plays or works to be uncovered within the archive! Further details about these plays can also be found in the website's book
Unseen Ayckbourn.

Full Length Plays

The Fearsome Threesome: An unproduced and unacknowledged full length family play from the 1990s.

Short Plays / Sketches

Bedside Manners: A short play similar in concept to Countdown in which a husband and wife verbalise their thoughts in bed (circa 1960s).

Board Game: A sketch in which Monopoly's Top Hat finds himself moving through other famous board games (circa early 1960s). This received its performance premiere in June 2012 in the show Ayckbourn Shorts, directed by Tom Wright, at the University Of York.

Jennings: Alan Ayckbourn's first play, based on the Jennings books by Anthony Buckeridge, written as a schoolboy circa 1950 and now lost.

Millennium: Alan Ayckbourn wrote several short scripts for the Scarborough tourist attraction which opened in May 1993 and told the history of the town. The Millennium attraction originally featured actors playing characters from the town's past with scripts written by Alan Ayckbourn. However, these characters were phased out over time due to the financial costs and the attraction closed in 2002.

Modern Love: A short unproduced sketch by Alan Ayckbourn, probably written in the mid 1960s.

Poetry

Dawn: Alan Ayckbourn's first published piece of writing is a poem published in Young Elizabethan magazine in December 1954.

Epilogue (Cinderella's Star Night): A poem, read by Ian McKellen, which closed a charity fund-raising evening - Cinderella's Star Night - in 1982.

Seven Fragments: Seven short poems written in 1986 for the book Occasional Poets.

Songs

The Ghost of 'Enry Albert: A narrative song written in 1975 for the revue What The Devil!.

Where Is Peter Rabbit?: A show celebrating the 150th anniversary of Beatrix's Potter's birth devised by Roger Glossop and featuring songs by Alan Ayckbourn with music by Steve Edis. The show was created for The World Of Beatrix Potter attraction in Bowness-on-Windermere and contrary to some reports, Alan Ayckbourn is not a co-writer or producer on the piece only a contributor, having been asked to help when the original lyricist became unavailable.

Alan Ayckbourn has actually written 100s of songs during his career, most of which are part of established revues or plays and details of which can be found in relevant part of the
Plays section.